Walt Anderson is a naturalist, artist, photographer, and Professor of Environmental Studies at innovative Prescott College. Formerly a refuge biologist, Walt pioneered a program of access and interpretation in the Sutter Buttes of California, the subject of two books. He has also led nature-based and photography expeditions around the world. His writings, artwork (especially bird portraits), and photographs all are ways of sharing his passion for the natural world. At Prescott College, where he has taught and advised for 25 years, he promotes experiential education through fostering “informed imagination.” Walt studied Scaled Quail vocalizations and movements for his Master’s at the University of Arizona, then Kirtland’s Warbler nesting and birds in bogs in Michigan for doctoral work. He is an expert in field identification of birds on many continents.
Carol Beardmore has worked for the Fish and Wildlife Service since 1990 first in Corpus Christi and later at the Austin office, where she worked as listing and recovery biologist on her Master's research animal, the Golden-cheeked Warbler, among other species, such as the Black-capped Vireo and a couple of mammals. In 1996 she left Austin for Phoenix to become the Western Coordinator of Partners in Flight. Her work with the PIF Science Committee continues and includes co-authoring the three main PIF publications. In 2003 she became the Science Coordinator of the Sonoran Joint Venture, where she works on binational bird conservation and monitoring. She is particularly passionate about international birding and bird conservation.
Diana has been a avid birder for more than 50 years. At first, she was a yard birder at her home in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. Later she moved to San Diego, California, where she was treasurer of the San Diego Field Ornithologists. She led birdwalks for the San Diego Natural History Museum and served as treasurer for its auxiliary group, The Covey. Together with her husband William and other friends, she has traveled extensively in this country and abroad in search of birds. The Herrons now live in Flagstaff and Scottsdale, where they mainly enjoy local birding. Currently they coordinate and lead the weekly birdwalks at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix.
Edwin is a bird biologist with 13 years of experience developing, implementing, coordinating and supporting conservation projects for priority bird species. He leads the Arizona Bird Conservation Initiative for the Arizona Game and Fish Department. He has also collaborated with groups such as the Sonoran Joint Venture, Partners in Flight and other regional and national initiatives focused on conserving birds throughout their annual life cycle. Edwin is from Phoenix.
Chrissy is a biologist at Arizona Game and Fish Department handling the State’s scientific permits, and works on birds monitoring and other wildlife projects. Her career with birds began as a bird bander, and she continues that passion as a certified master bander on a long-term project with Bendire’s Thrashers. Outside of the career she enjoys an active life with her horses, family and favorite desert birds in the small town of Wittmann, AZ.
As the Conservation Biologist for the Tucson Audubon Society Jennie MacFarland coordinates the Arizona Important Bird Areas Program and the Tucson Bird Count, an urban bird count with a Reconciliation Ecology purpose. Having adopted Tucson as her home town, Jennie has lived in southern Arizona for nearly 20 years and loves the varied habitats and birds of the region.
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